We are an all volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to training and maintaining a network of professional Ground Search and Rescue dog teams throughout BC.
Our association is not directly affiliated with Emergency Management BC but does provide a framework to promote a high level of competence and professionalism for dog team involved in GSAR in BC.
The BC Search Dog Association is an organization of very dedicated individuals who train dogs for search and rescue in BC. The profiles that we train for are wilderness area search and tracking.
Dog teams are validated annually at either our spring or fall training sessions by members of the RCMP Police Dog Service.
Validated Search Dog Teams are all members of their local Ground Search and Rescue teams and respond to tasking requests through the Provincial Emergency Program, as requested by the RCMP.
** Registration opens Wednesday Aug 23 2017, 9am and closes Wednesday Sept 6 2017, 5pm **
Register for Roche Lake, BCSDA Fall 2017 Camp
Guidelines for registering:
Send complete application and paperwork as required. Please don't send your fees until notified of your acceptance to the Fall training session. Once you have been notified of your acceptance and your fees are requested your space is held for 5 days while waiting for your fees. Camps are limited to 25 teams and fill up fast. There is often a waiting list.
We welcome new handlers to our training weekends for puppy/new dog assessments but there are some prerequisites. New handlers wishing to attend one of our weekends must complete the basic GSAR course prior to attending, be a member of a GSAR team registered with EMBC, and provide BCSDA with a letter from their GSAR group endorsing their plan to become search dog handlers (see link below for more info on search dog handler requirements).